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The seemingly endless tug of war between the bulls and bears on Wall Street can be frustrating for even the most patient investors, which is why arming yourself with knowledge about how previous economic recoveries have played out can give you an edge. Business cycle analysis can help ETF investors distinguish between different phases of economic expansion and contraction, helping to pinpoint sectors of the market that perform better than others throughout certain phases [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

As such, there are two pressing questions that must be answered at any point in time before jumping into an investment. First, what part of the business cycle are we in now? And the logical follow up is what asset classes should investors over or underweight during the coming months in an effort to favorably position themselves?  [click to continue…]

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There is no denying that Wall Street has certainly come a long way since the unprecedented financial crisis of 2008; both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 continue to push into uncharted territory as bullish momentum finally returns to the markets. Equities, in particular, have surged in the last year with investors being lured once again to the riskier asset classes in hopes of capturing lucrative returns. And though five years have passed since the crisis, there are still some corners of the market that haven’t fared as well [see ETFs That Lost 50% In a Single Year]. [click to continue…]

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U.S. equities traded higher today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 logging in fresh highs, following a batch of better-than-expected economic reports and Bernanke’s second day of testimony. According to the Labor Department, initial claims for jobless benefits fell by 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 334,000, the lowest level in four months. […]

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U.S. equities were in for a wild ride today, as investors digested the Bank of Japan’s latest monetary policy decision. The BOJ announced that it will keep its key interest rate and asset-buying program unchanged, a sign that economic recovery may be picking up. Meanwhile, investors turned their attention to the start of the German […]

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The financial sector has seen more than its fair share of ups and downs, but the enduring volatility of this sector has done little to diminish its appeal to investors. While those with a long-term focus may have avoided financials, the increased volatility has attracted more active investors who are counting on strong movements in these funds. […]

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Following a long holiday weekend, U.S. equities started off the week on a positive note, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average finishing higher for the 20th straight Tuesday and posting yet another record high. Boosting stocks was an encouraging housing report; the S&P Case-Shiller 20-City home-price index rose 10.39% for March, compared to the expected […]

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Last week, Wall Street focused its attention on the latest developments on the Fed front as Ben Bernanke testified before the Senate’s Joint Economic Committee in Washington. In his testimony, the chairman reported that the central bank will remain on its current course of action–the $85 billion per month bond purchasing program–though investors may see […]

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Strong labor market data coupled with bullish momentum had the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallying once again to fresh highs; for the first time ever, the blue-chip index closed above 14,300. Bolstering today’s third-straight advance was a better-than-expected labor report, which showed that initial jobless claims came in at 340,00 last week, compared to the […]

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Bullish momentum continued today on Wall Street, pushing the Dow within less than 100 points of an all-time closing high. Fueling the rally were a number of upbeat economic reports and further commentary from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. In his second day of testimony, Bernanke stated that unemployment wont reach 6% until 2016, giving further […]

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Despite a relatively active day on the earnings front, Wall Street was in for a rather lackluster trading session today as investors digested the latest earnings and remained wary of upcoming fiscal talks in Washington. Among today’s bellwether reports, Goldman Sachs (GS) rallied after the company posted fourth quarter earnings that nearly tripled expectations. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) […]

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As Wall Street continued its “breather” from last week’s strong run, stocks closed virtually unchanged in yet another lackluster trading session. Despite this, major U.S. equity indexes still managed to log in their second-straight weekly gain. In fourth quarter earnings news, bellwether Wells Fargo reported that the company’s net interest margin declined more than expected, […]

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Investors were in for a lackluster trading session today, as stocks wavered in a narrow range on cautions of continuing fiscal cliff talks. Though no major economic reports were released today, many paid close attention to President Obama’s comments in a television interview today, where he stated that the Republican’s counter offer of $800 billion in […]

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